But he did have an enthusiasm for amphibians that encompassed toads as well. The magisterial volume of his poems, edited by his son Ewen, is published by Polygon at £19.95.
MY LAST WORD ON FROGS
People have said to me, You seem to like frogs.
They keep jumping into your poems.
I do. I love the way they sit
compact as a cat and as indifferent
to everything but style, like a lady remembering
to keep her knees together. And I love
the elegant way they jump and
the inelegant way they land.
I feel so close to them
I must be froggish myself.
I look in the mirror expecting to see
a fairy-tale Prince.
But no. It's just sprawling me,
and swivelling my eyes around
for the stealthy heron and his stabbing beak.